El Vez in Midtown Village is huge and kind of looks like the inside of the Please Touch museum, with brightly colored walls and a bicycle hanging from the ceiling. So it’s probably not the best idea for a casual weeknight dinner with a friend, but it’s definitely worthwhile for certain situations - like Happy Hour margaritas or a 30th birthday dinner. They serve upscale Mexican food, and we like their tacos quite a bit, but it’s definitely on the expensive side.
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Jamonera is a dark, tavern-like tapas spot in Midtown Village with great charcuterie boards.
Bassett’s Ice Cream
Bassett’s is the oldest ice cream shop in Philadelphia, and it makes super creamy flavors inside Reading Terminal Market.
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Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
Casa Mexico is a small Italian Market spot from the people behind South Philly Barbacoa.
Don Barriga Mexican Grill
Don Barriga is a Mexican spot in University City that has barbacoa on the weekends.
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Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
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